Nurturing Innovation

Anne Laure Fayard, Jess Majekodunmi, Martina Mendola, Rachel Kenny

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Despite a multitude of initiatives in cross-sector collaboration and open innovation, businesses still struggle to support the development of game-changing ideas. The authors argue that the solution to this problem starts by recognizing an important truth: Innovation is about more than an idea—it is a long, collaborative journey. Innovation is more likely to succeed when it is a curated process in which an intermediary takes responsibility for sparking and sustaining collaboration among the people involved. In this article, the authors demonstrate how intermediaries can support collaboration throughout the entire innovation journey. First, they provide opportunities for innovators to make connections. They don’t simply bring people together; they carefully select participants and curate the experience to generate the best results. Second, they help innovators develop relationships, using structured follow-ups and offering holistic mentoring. And third, they help entrepreneurs sustain their relationships and manage the team over time as the collaborations evolve and team members change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHarvard Business Review
StatePublished - Mar 1 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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